28 SEPTEMBER 2019
CRY FOR KRSNA!!
We have 442 devotees chanting with us today. In Yavatmal in Maharashtra one Mataji is chanting with 25 other Matajis. I am very happy seeing this. Also this being Saturday devotees in Melbourne, Australia get together. I think they must have assembled in Prabhupada quarters in Australia so they are also with us. Also there is a special mention of the other devotees who have assembled in Vrindavan. Few hundred devotees have assembled in Sacidananda Prabhu's retreat. They are also chanting. They are going to chant 64 rounds today, that's their target. Then they will end up crying for Krisna, end up or during chanting? Let's see whether they can achieve that.
Devotees have assembled in Govardhan for Japa retreat, they have termed it as 'Crying for Krsna'. I was thinking devotees should get together. I am encouraging gatherings of my disciples in Mayapur, Vrindavan, Mauritius, Melbourne , South Africa at various places. We have formed different groups basically consisting of my disciples. We have formed disciple care communication committees. They should get together not that they are not getting together now but those who are not coming together they should have such meetings. So you get together every month or week. This also could be the subject matter of discussion and that is chanting. Chanting should be the theme. Crying for Krsna. Devotees in Mauritius get together and they discuss 'How could we cry for Krsna'? Oh! When that day will be mine when I will cry
for Krsna'. Where are you Krsna?
This zoom conference that we have been conducting is also a Japa retreat, japotsava - festival of chanting. Whenever we get together you can discuss further what you have understood. As we get together and chant what you have, or haven’t understood or your realisations. You can raise some questions. You also raise certain questions here and I answer that. But during your meetings that should be the topic of discussion. Crying for Krsna should be as a result of the chanting. . Offense less chanting, pure chanting,suddha nama japa. ' prem-japa' or prem-kirtana. This is crying for Krsna. How to achieve that? We do discuss that to encourage the people on
a regular basis whenever you get together with your counsellors or with the group of devotees or disciples or in your temple or in your town. There could be more discussion when you get together in your temple, in your country.
Chanting is crying. Chanting is prem. Srila Prabhupada did mention that our chanting is crying. We should be crying like a baby. That's the goal or target. That's the perfection. That is ‘Mantra-siddhi' - perfection of chanting. What is perfection of chanting? We start chanting at the level of faith. Then we have to evolve from sraddha to prem. We have to evolve from sraddha to sadhusanga, bhajan kriya, anartha nivrutti, nistha, ruci, aasakti, bhava, and finally Krsna prem. Crying is going to happen at the level of bhava or prema.
santah sadaiva hrdayez su vilokayanti
yam syamasundaram acintya-guna-svarupam
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
"I worship the primeval Lord, Govinda, who is always seen by the devotee whose eyes are anointed with the pulp of love. He is seen in His eternal form of Syamasundara, situated within the heart of the devotee.” ( Brahma-samhita 5.38)
This is the statement in the Brahma-samhita by Lord Brahma. Such darsana is possible for that person whose eyes are anointed or decorated
with premanjan or tears of love. That is crying. The intensity with which it comes. There are torrents of tears. Caitanya Mahaprabhu had prem .
nayanam galad asru dharaya
vadanam gadgada rudhaya gira
pulakair nicitam vapuh kada
tava nam grahane bhavisyati
O My Lord, when will my eyes be decorated with tears of love flowing consulantly when I chant Your holy name? When will my voice choke up,
when will the hairs me my body stand on the end at the recitation of your name. (Siksastakam Verse 6)
A person in that state of mind. Crying is state of our mind. When he is crying that is perfection. Crying is expression also of thinking, feeling, willing. I feel like crying. Sometimes you feel like crying.
Such perfection is not going to be achieved overnight. Rome was not built in a day as they say. Practice makes a man perfect. The state of mind when you feel like crying is perfection and it is not going to be achieved without practice. It will take practice of chanting attentively day after day, months after months, years after years chanting and attentively making all the endeavours.
Sometimes there will be success or failure. But with great patience we have to go on endeavouring, so one day or one of these lifetimes, we will be crying for Krsna. Crying for Krsna is not a cheap thing.
Crying for Krsna is such a title, which means loving Krsna or praying to Krsna .We love Krsna. We love God. Crying is one thing or crying is one of the symptoms . There are 8 different symptoms - asta-sattvic vikara. Caitanya Mahaprabhu explained nayanam galad asru dharaya that's one - crying or shedding tears. vadanam gadgada rudhaya gira- , choking of voice, pulakair nicitam vapuh kada/ tava nam grahane bhavisyati - trembling of the body. Or Mahaprabhu Kirtana
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master (Sri Gurvastakam Verse 2)
We sing in Gurvastakam that there is romanca or hair standing on the ends. Why single out the crying? When am I going to cry or when am I I going to love. Love is again a big, very deep topic. We should not take it lightly. Sahajiyas are very expert in crying for Krsna. Sahajiyas are sahaj. They take crying for Krsna very cheaply. They do an exhibition of their crying. One should not be shedding tears immaturely. When we advance in Krishna consciousness , we attain a certain maturity in Krishna consciousness then there will be crying. Crying is a feeling, it's a state of mind in which we are expected to achieve love of God. Not like sahajiyas. It is said, 'Easy to cry and easy to dry.' One may do whole a exhibition of crying. One may feel I am such an exalted devotee now, with this symptom and that symptom. That
is deceiving others, aie dusta mana tumi kiser vaisnav O wicked chanter , what kind of Vaisnav are you? Bhaktivinoda Thakur said like that. Sahajiyas feel others will be impressed by such crying.
I have to stop as I have Bhagavatam class in Nagpur temple. We should be honest and do introspection, do atma-parikshan and find where we stand and try to go to the next higher level . Starting from sraddha. We should be crying - Oh! I don't have faith. Crying for not having faith. At the level of sadhu sanga one should have feelings that I am so busy, can't go to Sunday Festival. At the level of anartha nivritti means look at the state of my bhajan? I am not able to chant 16 rounds properly. I don't have attraction for chanting.
One could also cry like this. That is also crying for Krsna. You should be crying - when can I chant my sixteen rounds properly? I am such an ayaram- gayaram . I have no attraction for chanting of the holy names of the Lord.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “I have no attachment for You Oh My Lord. I have no attraction for You.” Like that also one can cry. This is also crying for Krsna. Look at me, no faith, look at me I don't get any association, look at my and anarthas
There are so many anarthas that I have. When will I get rid of them. This is also honest crying. You could be praying like that. You have to keep your goal in mind. You have to do first thing first. Sraddha is first then there could be sadhu sanga. Sadhu sang can be the first level for someone. Anartha nivritti, becoming free from anarthas can be first stage for you. For different folks it will be different depending on where you stand. You should be crying - how can I go higher so that ultimately I will have bhava, emotion, feeling, prema.
Such crying will be more honest. There will be rolling on the ground. Ultimate objective is Premamayi service.
Think contemplate on whatever we shared.
See you tomorrow.